This is the view from my hotel room window, at the Holiday Inn Express in Lake Zurich, IL. Taken at 6:01pm on January 18, 2012. And yes, the experience was every bit as exciting as it looks. The lake is past that stand of trees, we glimpsed it through the van window driving in. If this had been summer, I'd''ve wandered over. But between cold and dark, I didn't really consider it.
I used to travel a lot with my job, but not so much over the past several years. I've kind-of gotten out of the habit, which is a good thing. This recent trip was a quickie: STL to KC, KC to Chicago (Lake Zurich), Chicago to STL. 48 hours and home.